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Cooking with Frozen Blueberries

Illustration - blender bowl comboBlueberries are one of the easiest ingredients to work with, since they require no chopping, pitting or peeling. Cooking with frozen blueberries? Even easier! Whether you purchase them frozen in the store, or freeze them yourself, having frozen blueberries on hand is a huge time-saver since you can buy them well in advance of using them.

For immediate use, frozen blueberries are great when stirred into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, shakes or sauces. When it comes to baking and cooking, there are a couple of things you should know. Whether frozen or fresh, blueberries will sink in a batter that is too thin to support them, or if too much air has been whipped into the batter. To fix this, avoid over-blending when you are mixing your ingredients together. Also, tossing blueberries in corn starch or flour will help them stay suspended.

Another useful tip is to layer half of the batter, followed by half of the blueberries, followed again by the remaining half of the batter, and then blueberries. Frozen blueberries can be preferential in baking because they help prevent sinking and are less likely to burst during cook-time.Illustration - blueberry smoothie

If you are cooking with blueberries, you can almost always replace fresh with frozen. They work wonderfully in breakfast foods, from waffles and pancakes to smoothies and cereal, and will bring as much delight to your morning as fresh blueberries.

If you are preparing chutneys, dressings, sauces, glazes, drizzles or toppings, frozen blueberries come in handy. These delicious recipes can be tossed in salads, like this Blueberry, Apricot and Sweet Onion Salad, served over roasts, or this Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce or even incorporated into pizzas, flatbreads and crepes, like in these Blueberry Tortilla Crepes.

No matter what you are making, frozen blueberries can help enhance and excite any meal of the day, so make sure to keep a supply in your freezer at all times!